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EPA chief visits Indiana waste site amid proposed budget cuts

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 8:32pm
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (Reuters) - The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) toured his first hazardous waste site on Tuesday amid proposed budget cuts that could devastate efforts to clean up contaminated land and water around the country.

White House sidewalk to be closed to public permanently

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 8:22pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service said it would end public access to a sidewalk along the south fence of the White House beginning on Wednesday night.

Killing of three white men in California city racially motivated: police

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 6:58pm
(Reuters) - A black man accused of shooting three people to death in Fresno, California, wanted to kill as many white men as possible because he expected to be arrested for another shooting, police said on Wednesday, calling the incident a hate crime.

Execution halted for fourth of eight men set to die in Arkansas

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 6:50pm
(Reuters) - A divided Arkansas Supreme Court on Wednesday halted the execution of an inmate who had been scheduled to die on Thursday.

Mexico ex-governor arrested in Italy to face charges in U.S.

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 6:35pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former state governor for Mexico's ruling party who faces charges in Mexico and the United States will be prosecuted by U.S. authorities first, the U.S. and Mexican attorneys general said on Wednesday.

New York police body camera program needs changes -civil rights lawyers

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 6:27pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Civil rights lawyers on Wednesday demanded changes to a pilot program for New York City police to wear body cameras, saying it does not ensure that officers are held properly accountable for how they treat people.

First U.S. drive-through marijuana store to open in Colorado

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 5:46pm
(Reuters) - The first U.S. drive-through marijuana dispensary is set to open on Thursday in a small town in Colorado, a state that has been at the forefront of pot legalization.

Honda says U.S. driver seriously injured in Takata inflator rupture

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 5:29pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co Ltd said on Wednesday a driver of a 2002 Accord was seriously injured after a faulty Takata air bag inflator ruptured during a March 3 crash in Las Vegas, Nevada.

New York museum to aid green-card holders in U.S. citizenship quest

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 5:27pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - With the Trump administration trying to ban travelers from several Muslim-majority countries from the United States, the New-York Historical Society and museum is launching a new initiative to help green-card holders become American citizens.

Trump extends program allowing some veterans to use local doctors, hospitals

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:24pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday moved a step closer to fulfilling his campaign promise to reform the troubled Veterans Affairs department, but some veterans groups are concerned that the administration may be working toward privatizing their healthcare.

Texas ordered to pay $600,000 to same-sex couples who defeated state ban

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 3:45pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A federal appeals court ordered Texas on Wednesday to pay about $600,000 to cover the legal fees for two same-sex couples who defeated the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a protracted court battle.

NY, NJ senators invite transportation secretary to view decaying train tunnels

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 3:31pm
NEWARK, N.J. (Reuters) - To preserve federal funding for critical rail projects, New Jersey and New York senators on Wednesday asked U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to examine firsthand the decaying train tunnels that threaten to cripple regional travel if they fail.

Exclusive: Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 U.S. election - documents

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 3:18pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters.

Ex-NFL star's death underscores Massachusetts inmate suicide problem

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 2:54pm
BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The prison suicide of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez stunned football fans on Wednesday but for inmate advocates it was the latest evidence of a deep-rooted problem - the high rate of prison suicides in the state.

Ex-drug executive Shkreli wins separate fraud trial

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 2:27pm
(Reuters) - Martin Shkreli, the former drug company executive who drew public outcry when he raised the price of a life-saving drug by 5,000 percent, will be tried for securities fraud separately from a lawyer charged alongside him, a Brooklyn federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Initial rulings in Chicago schools' funding lawsuit due April 28

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 2:08pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - An Illinois judge said on Wednesday he will rule later this month on whether to temporarily halt how the state distributes funds for public schools after lawyers for Chicago’s cash-strapped school system argued the current funding formula is racially discriminatory.

Last stand: Nebraska farmers could derail Keystone XL pipeline

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 2:03pm
Neligh, NEBRASKA (Reuters) - When President Donald Trump handed TransCanada Pipeline Co. a permit for its Keystone XL pipeline last month, he said the company could now build the long-delayed and divisive project "with efficiency and with speed."

Loud sex sounds stall pro tennis match in Florida

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 1:57pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - The score of a televised professional tennis match in Florida was love-15 when the apparent sounds of a woman in the throes of lovemaking interrupted it Tuesday night.

Canada police charge woman for smuggling asylum-seekers from U.S.

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 1:48pm
TORONTO/WINNIPEG (Reuters) - Canadian police on Wednesday said they charged a woman with human smuggling offences in connection with the asylum seekers who have been streaming over the border from the United States in growing numbers in recent months.

U.S. approves $295.6 million military equipment sale to Iraq: Pentagon

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 1:18pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of $295.6 million worth of military equipment to Iraq for artillery and infantry Kurdish peshmerga units, a Pentagon agency said on Wednesday.

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